The Chester Yellow Jackets will have to find a new floor general this season, as they try to replace their team leader and leading scorer from a 20-9 team that dropped a regional game to Trico to close the season.
Coach Brad Norman said goodbye to Jason Schwartz, a senior guard who topped the team with 14.1 points a game last winter.
A big triple overtime win over Benton at the Pinckneyville Holiday Tournament and a last second shot victory over Christopher highlighted a pretty good run.
However they lost two games to Trico, once in the conference, which kept the Jackets from wearing the league crown.
But the good news is that the other four starters from that team return to try to build upon a fine 2015-16 season that had a few good memories.
Senior guard Demontae Martin (5-foot-10) is back for Chester. He was a shooting guard last season for this coach.
Savion Smith, a 6-foot-3 forward, was quite good at facing the basket as a small forward.
Smith was one of the top defenders for Chester a season ago and that should continue this season.
Jacob Golding, a 6-foot-2 senior, will continue to do his best work around the basket.
The fourth returning starter is Jack Weir, a 6-foot-1 senior. He was a forward on the club last season and he was called upon for offense. Weir is nearing 1,000-points for his career.
Drake Bollman, a 6-foot-2 senior forward, was the sixth man last season and could end up with the other starting spot.
Coach Norman will look to 5-foot-11 junior guard Jake Haberberger to help out off the bench. This mentor thinks Harberberger has the potential to make an impact early in the season.
Sophomore Colin Wingerter, at 5-foot-11, is a shooting guard. According to Coach Norman, Wingerter can be difficult to defend.
“We will not be a big team that intimidates anyone when we walk in the gym. I am hoping we can use our speed, at all positions, to our advantage.” said Coach Norman, a Dongola native and soon will have the most wins of any boy's basketball coach in the schools' history.
“This senior group has been a big part of our program for the past two years. They have some experience, but we still have some questions and look for them to be answered early in the year. We do have high hopes for the season, but we also understand that it will take some time to figure out our roles.”
N27-D2 Trico Pioneer Invitational J23 @ Christopher


@ Vienna J26 @ Waterloo Gibault
D8 Sesser-Valier J30 @ Goreville
D12 @ Waterloo F3 Vienna
D15 @ Campbell Hill Trico F6 Christopher
D19 Anna-Jonesboro F10 Campbell Hill Trico
D26-29 Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament F13 Goreville
J2 @ Zeigler-Royalton F16 @ Sesser-Valier
J8-13 Chester Invitational Tournament F17 @ Sparta
J16 Zeigler-Royalton F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD